The team at bat has the advantage of knowing what strategy will be used on the next play, the defense must try to predict what that next move will be and counter with a defense play to attempt to stop it. This team defensive play may be a bunt defense, a pickoff play, or a pitch out to defense an attempted steal.
A team may be very talented, but if they can't play team defense they will be exploited by a good offense. Good team defense takes practice. Player's must know their role and the objective of each play. Since each play called relies on more than one player for proper execution, timing is essential.
As a coach you want your team prepared for every situation. If you can't throw out a runner stealing bases, then the opposing team will steal all day long. If your team can't field a bunt then you won't feel very comfortable in close games. Good team defensive involves having a good strategy, practicing the plays that are part of that strategy, and then calling those plays in the game. If you're team is well prepared then you will feel confident calling plays during the game, and you may actually look to take advantage of other team's offensive weaknesses with your defensive strength.
In this section will look at different defensive plays that you can use with your team.